Highlight in History: |
On April 25th, 1945, delegates from
some 50 countries met in San Francisco to
organize the United Nations.
On this date:
In 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier
became the first person under French law to be
executed by the guillotine.
In 1859, ground
was broken for the Suez Canal.
In 1874, radio
pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was born in Bologna,
In 1898, the
United States formally declared war on Spain.
In 1901, New York
became the first state to require automobile
license plates; the fee was one dollar.
In 1915, during
World War One, Allied soldiers invaded the
Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to
take the Ottoman Turkish Empire out of the war.
In 1945, during
World War Two, US and Soviet forces linked up on
the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the
collapse of Nazi Germany's defenses.
In 1959, the St.
Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.
In 1983, Soviet
leader Yuri V. Andropov invited Samantha Smith to
visit his country after receiving a letter in
which the Manchester, Maine, schoolgirl expressed
fears about nuclear war.
In 1983, the
Pioneer Ten spacecraft crossed Pluto's orbit,
speeding on its endless voyage through the Milky
Ten years ago:
Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was inaugurated as
president of Nicaragua, ending eleven years of
leftist Sandinista rule. The Hubble Space
Telescope was deployed from the space shuttle
Five years ago:
Show business legend Ginger Rogers died in Rancho
Mirage, California, at age 83.
One year ago: On
the third and final day of their Washington
summit, NATO leaders promised military protection
and economic aid to Yugoslavia's neighbors for
standing with the West against Slobodan
Milosevic. More than 70,000 mourners gathered in
Littleton, Colorado, to remember the victims of
the Columbine High School massacre. Lord
Killanin, former president of the International
Olympic Committee, died in Dublin, Ireland, at
"Prophecy is the wit
of a fool."
Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-born author